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(9-19-17) New filming technology from Hudl has inspired the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to become the first state to use video review during the high school football season.

Carmine Picardo, Coordinator of Football Officials for the NJSIAA told

“The potential to have replay in high school football is there. The technology is there. I think without a doubt we would have many schools want to participate in a game with video replay. If they can get an egregious mistake fixed that may or may not cost them a game, they would go for it.”

Picardo stated in the story that they are hoping the National Federation of High School Association (NFHS) will work with them on a proposal.  NFHS approval for replay review at the high school level is required. The NJSIAA could move forward without the blessing of the NFHS, but lose voting rights in the future on football issues within the association. Right behind New Jersey is the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) who is working on a proposal to get review used in the future.

Andy Palensky, HUDL Territory Manager

“We’re excited to see the idea gaining support from all over the country. When we were first approached by Alabama high schools about instant replay a couple years ago, we learned getting more states to support the idea would be key. We look forward to working with both New Jersey and Alabama to create a solution that will improve high school football”

What about concerns about replays taking too long?

“We want to make sure the most obvious human errors are corrected. We don’t want to add 30 minutes to a ball game, but if an official can take two minutes to make sure the right call was made, we think it’s worth it.”

What does the NFHS currently allow for member states to use video on the sidelines? The NHFS currently allows coaches to utilize video review on the sidelines during games as a teaching tool for players who come off the field following a specific down or series of downs. (Only Texas and Massachusetts currently prohibit coaches from reviewing video).

NJSIAA (Working) Proposal To NFHS –

Review only these plays

  • fumbles
  • catches
  • touchdowns
  • out-of-bounds calls

allow each coach to challenge one play per half

Only schools whose Hudl Sideline would be eligible for games to have review.

According to the Hudl website on pricing for Sideline, cost starts at $500 for Basic and goes as high as the Premium cost of $1,500.

Jerry Snodgrass, the OHSAA Director of Sport Management gives some thoughts on the issue.

Since I do not administrate football, most of what I offer is merely ‘opinion’ based upon the same requests that I get repeatedly in nearly every team sport I administrate – especially as it deals with ejections and the request to ‘appeal’ them.

Here is the first thing:

NFHS Rules for each sport require all decisions made by officials to be FINAL. That in and of itself prohibits any official’s call to be overturned. It leads to a question of “then how can other states do it” (just like the shot clock in basketball that is an NFHS rule not permitting it). Simple – they choose not to follow NFHS rules. But, the OHSAA’s Constitution, developed and voted upon by the member schools requires us to follow all NFHS Playing rules. That eliminates our opportunity to stray from those rules. There are reasons why following NFHS is important to Ohio – being approximately the 4th largest sport playing state, our input to the national rules committee is considerable – one of the repercussions would be the loss of that representation to the national rules committee if we did not follow NFHS rules. Apparently that is not important to New Jersey but our schools have maintained it IS important in Ohio.

Now to further as it specifically relates to use of video;

The number of schools in Ohio compounds things a bit. One fundamental of all playing rules is ‘consistency’. Not only is the concept to play by the same rules all across the nation, but most importantly to play by the same rules across the state and across each league. When Celina plays Wapakoneta the same rules are to be employed as when Celina plays a non-league school such as Greenville. Seems to make sense. BUT, if the exact same number of cameras in the exact same locations are not utilized for the Celina vs Wapak game on Friday night that are also being used (or not used) in the Elida vs Van Wert game…consistency is totally lost. I find a little irony in the rule NJ has implemented that will permit it for ONLY schools that use HUDL. We would struggle with permitting it in some schools and not others. And while we might THINK all schools can have the same technology, I am not sure that is always the case for Vanlue or for Bellaire St. John.

Expense definitely creeps in – the person to oversee its use in addition to the purchase of the technology itself.

Information also came from  USA Today High School Sports  for this article